Wedding Renewal Vows

Recently a couple asked if I would help them to renew their marital vows on their anniversary. It was a sweet and simple few minutes in my office with another couple as witnesses. Because pastors sometimes need resources for occasions like this, I thought I’d take the liberty of posting the vows I wrote for that evening. Come to think of it, maybe we should all renew our vows–daily–by our attitudes and actions.

Minister to use in leading the husband then the wife in phrase-by-phrase recitation: (Spouses name), I am so glad to have married you. Our years so far have been a prelude. Eternity will be a postlude. Tonight (or Today) is an interlude in which I joyfully, thankfully, and enduringly rededicate myself to your love, my prayers to your prosperity, my concern to your contentment, my life to your enrichment, and my love to your happiness. God has brought us together; let nothing draw us asunder. Christ has redeemed our souls; let nothing harm our home. For the rest of our lives together on earth—the time that God shall give us—I promise you my uninterrupted friendship and undying love in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Minister: And may the Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.

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